The 10 Best Bathtub Rails
This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Designed for those who don't have severe enough mobility issues to require a more elaborate lift, these bathtub rails can add just enough security and support for those recovering from illness or injury or those who are moderately infirm. They are available in removable and permanently-mounted options, and in a variety of colors and designs to suit every user's need and bathroom style. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
August 06, 2019:
Our list of bathtub rails was greatly expanded during the 2019 update, as there is now a good variety of designs to choose from. One thing anyone familiar with our previous list may have noticed is that we removed all suction-based models. While these can be a safe option if properly installed, we feel that user's should check how securely they are attached to the wall before each and every use. Because of this, we thought most people would find them inconvenient, especially when the majority of screw-on models on our list are just as easy to install and tend to keep a secure hold for considerably longer. That being said, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't periodically check these to ensure they are still firmly clamped on every once in a while.
If you are searching for tool-free installation, take a look at the Medline Safety Grab Bar, Drive Medical RTL12036, Vive Shower Support, PCP 7252, AquaSense 785-340, Medline Deluxe Grab Bar, and Carex B20400. These all either have a knob or lever that you can use to tighten them in place by hand. Since they aren't permanently mounted, they are great choices for rental homes and apartments, too. The Carex Tri-Grip is also a temporary option, but it requires tools to install. However, if you don't mind that, you'll be rewarded with a versatile model that has an attractive chrome finish.
It is worth noting that clamp-on models are rarely rated to support more than 300 pounds, with some only being capable of 200 or 250 pounds. So if you are a heavier person, we suggest you take a look at one of the permanently-mounted models, like the Moen 8994 and AmazonBasics GBAR-125-42, which can support up to 500 pounds. If you need some support, but your bathroom only has a stand-up shower and not a tub, you would do well to check out our list of shower grab bars.